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Joanna Laura Constantine // An Interview

Joanna Laura Constantine has been running the costume jewellery world for a little while now, but this year is really pinned to be the year of JLC. Concept store Le66 have started selling her collections this week here in Paris creating a whole new world of possibilities for the Lebanese designer, at this poignant time we here at Pink Heater thought we would get to know her a little better, here is how it went…

PH: Hi Joanna, great news about Le66, the presentation looks great!

JLC:  Thanks, I’m really happy with it, I love Paris, I come here to Paris so often for work trips, and every time I come I make sure to go there to see what’s going on, so it only made sense that the next time I go there, I can see my own collection too.

PH: What is it you love most about Paris?

JLC: It may sound a bit tourist, but there is nothing better when you are in Paris than to be able to sit having a nice glass of wine in a bistro, admiring the people around you and enjoying the elegant vibe of the city, while the world hurries around you, I think this is the only way you can really experience the real Parisian way of life, to let it take over you, its inspirational.

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PH: What inspires you most when you are creating?

JLC: I think I’m a bit of a strange mixture really; I have always loved vintage jewellery, I love buying it, guessing the history and making a story of my own, some of the stories I’ve made in the past have been crazy, I love the roughness of it, mixed with the delicacy of design that isn’t so easy to find now. But at the same time, I am constantly inspired by the Haute Couture lines that I see, the strength and freedom of the designs is so inspiring to see, so I like to think that people can see this in my collections.

PH: What is your own favourite piece of jewellery that you own, what’s its story?

JLC: I once bought an old locket from a vintage jewellery store in Italy, in true Italian vintage style it was in a huge heap, mixed in with old trinkets and bits of trash, but as soon as I saw it I knew I needed it. I could feel its history, imagining the old photo that was inside originally of some secret love story, lockets are really the way girls used to keep their secrets and this one was probably 100 years old. As soon as I got it home, I put it on a long thin chain I had laying around, and pretty much haven’t taken it off since, if I lost it now, it would be like losing a my own grandmothers locket.

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PH: What’s coming up next for JLC?

JLC:  I try not to look to far ahead, it’s not in me to think like that, but I feel like it’s going to be a big year for me, I’ve got lots of really cool but challenging projects happening all at the same time, but as far as secrets that I can tell you, maybe a line of fine jewellery. That would be really exciting.

To see more information about Joanna Laura Constantine click HERE, and for the incredible collections housed at Le66 is HERE.

Fashion Designers of America

After the news of the constantly suprising Rihanna being honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her style, we wanted to dedicate this weeks, Un Look/ Un Bijou to the style icon herself. Mixing one of her classic street style looks with this heavy silver and crystal mix necklace by Courtney Lee Collection. Hopefully she will stop by and collect it one day soon…

The stylista will be presented her accolade; the coveted ‘Fashion Icon Award’ at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2nd.

Can’t wait to see her outfit for the night !

“Papier glacé”: A century of fashion photography at Condé Nast

« Papier glacé »: A century of fashion photography at Condé Nast

Runway shows left behind (? sounds bad but I can’t think of a better expression), the city of Paris always stays true to its passion for fashion. These days it is all about fashion photography, and Pink Heater team is heading to Palais Galliera to see the fabulous « Papier glacé » exhibition dedicated to the best works by Condé Nast photographers from the past 100 years.

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From 1918 on to the present day, the Condé Nast publishing conglomerate plays a key role in the field of the fashion photography. Editor of top fashion magazines, such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour or W, Condé Nast is famous for its unique spirit of elegance and excellent artistic sense.

The exhibition Papier glacé, un siècle de photographie de mode chez Condé Nast  (« Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast » ) displays some 150 mostly original prints from the archives of Condé Nast New York, Paris, Milan and London.

The Editors have always had a nose for true talents. The very first photographer employed by the group was Baron Adolf de Meyer, to be followed by Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. Then, from the 1950s onwards, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Miles Aldridge…

Organised by theme, the exhibition is an opportunity to rediscover the work of some 90 photographers who, during the past century, have shaped the identity of Vogue.

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The exhibition is not limited to photographs though.

The prints are accompanied by some fifteen haute couture items from the collections of the Palais Galliera. On top of that, there are two reading rooms with fashion magazines in display cases and a number of screens where you can glance through some magnificent publications of the Condé Nast group. And last but not least, contemporary films projected on a big screen are there to give insights into the possible future  of fashion photography.

This exhibition is organised by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and will last till May, 25th.

And if you are just as excited as we are, check out more about « Papier glacé » HERE

Natalia Stuyk “I Would Gif You Everything”

Last night we were lucky enough to be invited down to the first ever solo exhibition by hugely talented London based graphic designer Natalia Stuyk,and boy was it a show!

Everywhere you look were flashing videos running excellently constructed art based gifs and holographic postcards shining across the walls. The cleverly titled exhibition “I Would Gif You Everything” really lived up to its name and when we left, we really felt like we took a piece of Stuyk’s dreams with us.

Natalia Stuyk is a London-based animator working with digital patterns, rainbow colours and most importantly, movement. Having worked with House of Holland, Kenzo, and for many music projects, her work is fresh, colourful and always energetic.

“A sherbet-flavoured dip into digital art.”

Natalia has created a vibrant and animated body of digital videos, gifs, and motion designs. In her videos, perpetual patterns undulate: a driving scene through LA, a girl who never stops swimming, abstract geometry, optical ornamentation. Check her stuff out here:

http://onelouderagency.com/roster/natalia-stuyk
http://www.nataliastuyk.com/video.html

I WOULD GIF YOU EVERYTHING is a progression from her gifs, translating visual experience of moving art where you have to be physically there to see it. It features a simulation of gifs using hologram lenticular lenses. There is something of the shrine-like sentiment in the work. Using the synesthesia of sight and kinetic she has created an imaginary world that never ceases, a magical visual experience to hypnotise the senses. We are really excited to see her work in a real space.

For an exciting and vibrant exhibition, make your way to 92 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011, March 19 – April 3.

We are already desperate to see the next collaboration or show from this very talented and extremely charming young lady.

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